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Canton tops Cougars to win Class M debut

Lauren Eschenbrenner drives to the basket in Monday night’s Class M opener in Canton. The No. 2 Warriors eliminated Haddam-Killingworth. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

CANTON, March 2, 2020 – The Canton High girls basketball team won their first-ever Class M tournament game Monday night with a 64-47 win over No. 31 Haddam-Killingworth.

Two-time All-State guard Abby Charron returned to action after missing three games in the NCCC Tournament with a sprained ankle. She looked just fine with a game-high 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Lauren Eschenbrenner and Paige Brown each added 11 points for the No. 2 seeded Warriors, who improve to 22-2 on the year.

Allison Celmer scored eight points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Gabbie Schinkel added seven points for Canton. Jenna Cuniowski had seven rebounds while Claudia Boehm had three points and five steals.

The Warriors are playing in Class M for the first time thanks to the addition of a fifth class to the girls basketball tournament.

Brian Medeiros, end of the front row with the Canton jacket, coached against his older brother, Scott, middle of the front row for the first time on Monday night. (Photo courtesy Connecticut Starters)

Head coach Brian Medeiros also coached against his older brother, Scott, for the first time in a regulation game. Scott Medeiros is the coach of the Cougars.

“I am not necessarily looking forward to it,” Brian Medeiros said last week. “I don’t think he wants to eliminate me and I don’t want to eliminate him. I would rather play anyone other than him.”

Outside of a scrimmage, the two brothers have not coached against each other by design. “I don’t think my parents would allow it either,” Brian Medeiros said with a grin.

Canton will host Windham (12-9) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in a second round game at the high school. If the Warriors win, they would advance to the Class M quarterfinals on Monday, March 9.

Canton’s Jenna Cuniowski (4) drives to the basket in Monday’s Class M tournament game in Canton. (Photo courtesy Paul Amrose)

Canton 64, Haddam-Killingworth 47
At Canton
Haddam-Killingworth (47) Julia Faualora 2-0-5, Kaleigh Bodak 2 3-4 7, Isabelle Carini 2 1-2 5, Audra Yazmer 0 2-2 2, Payton Yazmer 4 0-1 8, Anna Biondi 3 0-1 6, Carly Rettberg 1 0-1 2, Ella McGlynn 3 4-6 10. Tessa Wills 1-0-2, Totals: 18 10-17 47
Canton (64) Abby Charron 6 1-1 14, Lauren Eschenbrenner 5-0-11, Allison Celmer 4-0-8, Grace Treacy 2-0-5, Gabbie Schinkel 2 3-4 7, Paige Brown 5-0-11, Jenna Cuniowski 1-0-2, Claudia Boehm 1 1-2 3, Sophia Mates 0-0-0, Camille Kashnig 1 0-2 2, Allison Bronson 0-0-0, Ashlyn Cebollero 0-0-0, Sophia Stamos 0-0-0, Ty Adams 0-0-0, Mara Lloyd 0-0-0. Totals: 27 6-13 64
H-Killingworth (6-15)        8  12  15  12  — 47
Canton (22-2)                    23  15  13  13  — 64
Three-point goals: Faualora (H), Charron (Ca), Eschenbrenner (Ca), Treacy (Ca), Brown (Ca)

2020 Class M bracket and results

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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